Once one of the most popular genres of video games, adventure games have become much more niche in recent years. But thankfully, it’s a niche with some absolutely fantastic music!
From the mid-80s to the early 2000s, adventure games were at the forefront of narratives in interactive entertainment. In a time before RPGs embraced cinematic CGI cutscenes and voice acting, LucasArts, Sierra, and other adventure game developers were pioneering multimedia in video games, presenting audiences with expansive stories, fully-voiced casts of characters, full-motion video, and some truly memorable “moon logic puzzles.” They also created some incredible music! Join Adam, Hilary, and Jono as they move through adventure game history, highlighting some of their favorite music tracks from classics of the genre (and there might be some talk of musical theater thrown in there for good measure)!
Featuring: Hilary Andreff, Jonathan Logan, Adam Luhrs; Edited by Jonathan Logan
Links for this Episode
YouTube – How Octopath Traveler Hypes its Boss Battles – Game Score Fanfare
0:15:48 – The Magic Meadow (Mark Seibert) – Sierra Soundtrack Collection
0:19:43 – Deep in the Caribbean… (Michael Land) – The Secret of Monkey Island
0:34:16 – Atrus’ Study (Jack Wall) – Myst III: Exile Soundtrack
0:37:03 – Grim Fandango (Peter McConnell) – Grim Fandango Remastered Original Soundtrack
0:59:36 – Gyakuten Saiban 1~3 Courtroom Suite (Masakazu Sugimori, Noriyuki Iwadare) – Gyakuten Saiban 15th Anniversary Orchestra Concert
1:08:26 – Crusin’ (Jared Emerson-Johnson) – Sam & Max Save the World Soundtrack
1:48:34 – Adam’s Bonus Track!
Bonus Background Tracks
0:00:39 – Courtroom Lounge ~ Opening Prelude (English Turnabout Mix)(Masakazu Sugimori) – Professor Layton VS Gyakuten Saiban Magical Mystery Music
0:02:13 – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Clark Gesner, Andrew Lippa) – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999 Broadway Cast)
0:02:31 – Game of Life (Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond) – Dani Girl (Demo)
0:03:14 – Overture (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice) – Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Concept Cast)
0:03:37 – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Finn) – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2005 Original Cast)
0:03:57 – Three Coins in the Fountain (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn) – Forever Plaid (1990 Off-Off-Broadway Cast)
0:04:26 – Hot Stuff (Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey) – Disaster (2016 Original Broadway Cast)
0:05:13 – Overture (Work Song) (Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel) – Les Misérables (1987 Original Broadway Cast)
0:05:33 – Prologue (We Might Play All Night) (Heidi Rodewald, Stew) – Passing Strange (2008 Original Broadway Cast)
0:06:31 – Karnak’s Dream of Life (Brooke Maxwell, Jacob Richmond) – Ride the Cyclone (2021 Studio Cast)1:39:35 – Title Theme – Star Trek: 25th Anniversary
Sierra Soundtrack Collection
Myst III: Exile The Soundtrack
Grim Fandango Remastered Original Soundtrack
Gyakuten Saiban 15th Anniversary Orchestra Concert
Sam & Max Save the World Soundtrack
Professor Layton VS Gyakuten Saiban Magical Mystery Music
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